U.S. Drug Czar To Visit Border

  U.S. Drug Czar To Visit Border

Posted by FoM on September 21, 2000 at 08:24:40 PT
By Daniel Perez, El Paso Times 
Source: El Paso Times  

U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey arrives in El Paso today to cheer recent successes in the fight against drug addiction and have closed-door briefings with leaders of counter-narcotics agencies from California to Texas. The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy will begin his two-day visit with a lengthy dinner meeting with federal agents and prosecutors, including officials from the five Southwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program and members of the U.S. Attorney's Office. 
They're expected to discuss resources, manpower, technology and future initiatives in the war on drugs. "El Paso is the centerpiece of counter-drug actions on the border," McCaffrey said from Washington, D.C. On the second day of his visit, McCaffrey is scheduled to meet with Mexican officials at the home of Edward Vasquez, the U.S. consul general in Juárez. Later Friday, he will visit a drug-treatment clinic in that city. McCaffrey wants to stress that recent reported decreases in drug use among children have to do with intervention that begins in homes, schools and churches. "We all have to be more involved," he said. "My message is that we've come a long way but there's a lot more to do." McCaffrey said he hopes the visit will underscore the idea that drug-abuse problems are on both sides of the border. Recently released figures from the Household Survey by the Office of National Drug Control Policy report a 21 percent drop in drug use among children ages 12-17 from 1997 to 1999. There was a 26 percent drop in marijuana use among the same group during the same period. Ascarate Park-area resident Susie Dueñez said she hopes her two children, ages 10 and 14, remain drug-free. She agrees that most of the responsibility starts at home and continues in the schools. She is impressed by the amount of anti-drug information available at her children's schools, Cedar Grove Elementary and Riverside High School. "His (McCaffrey's) visit should have a positive impact on the children and the community," Dueñez said. "It's good for El Paso because as a border city, there's a lot of drug trafficking that goes through here." McCaffrey's visit comes just a week after U.S. and Mexican federal authorities announced a 46-count indictment against the alleged leader of the Juárez drug cartel, Vicente Carrillo Fuentes. The indictment included allegations that Carrillo Fuentes had ordered the deaths of 10 people in Juárez. The visit also should provide valuable information to various federal agencies, said Brig. Gen. Dorian Anderson, commander of Joint Task Force Six, a military counter-narcotics support agency based at Biggs Army Airfield. Anderson said he planned to discuss the missions taken on by the task force which benefit more than 300 law-enforcement agencies nationwide. "The sharing of information from (McCaffrey's) perspective of our nation's counter-drug effort is invaluable to us," he said. McCaffrey will meet with officials from Joint Task Force Six, the El Paso Intelligence Center, and Operation Alliance on Friday afternoon at their Biggs offices. The U.S. Customs Service will lead a tour of the Bridge of the Americas on his way back from Juárez. Customs plans to show off some of its newer technology. Daniel Perez may be reached at: dperez Agenda:The itinerary for Drug Policy Director Barry McCaffrey's visit to El Paso Friday includes: 10 a.m.: Meet with Mexican dignitaries for breakfast at the home of the U.S. consul general in Juárez. 10:45 a.m.: Visit the Compañeros drug treatment center, 2643 Avenida de la Raza, in Juárez. 1 p.m.: Review the vehicle inspection sites and observe the new truck-scanning technologies at the Bridge of the Americas. 4:20 p.m.: Tour the new wing of the El Paso Intelligence Center at Biggs Army Airfield. Information: (202) 345-7912; (800) 666-3332: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy/Source: El Paso Times (TX)Author: Daniel PerezPublished: Thursday 21, 2000 Address: P.O.Box 20, El Paso, Texas 79999 Contact: opinion Copyright: 2000 El Paso Times Fax: (915) 546-6415 Website: CannabisNews McCaffrey Archives: Articles - Barry McCaffrey

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Comment #5 posted by freedom fighter on September 22, 2000 at 07:44:22 PT
Mark of a Beast?
Information: (202) 345-7912; (800) 666-3332: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy/what is the 666 doing there?coincidence?
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Comment #4 posted by MikeEEEEE on September 21, 2000 at 18:32:02 PT
General McJerk
Like any general fighting a war he's checking the front line, inspecting the troops.It's very sad there are still walls, walls around Amerika.
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Comment #3 posted by CantBearIt on September 21, 2000 at 16:37:48 PT:
The point may be
I can say that this is my first post but I've been a fan of this web site for quite some time. I don't think they are getting together for a slap on the ass. I think they are planning a massive offensive along the southern borderline from Florida to Washington state. This is the only time of the year that is guaranteed a massive amount of cannabis from South America. And this year promises to be a bumper crop. There will be so many mules that they have to plan on fusing the local police forces together for a month long campain.Or am I just stupid to think that a General, who likes the offensive and is military to the core, would do something like that? Those billions go somewhere guys and the local police forces will do anything to get them.
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Comment #2 posted by r.earing on September 21, 2000 at 12:33:10 PT:
McCaffery makes me misty
It's kinda sad in a way.That deluded old man,walking around polishing buttons on military uniforms,while a band plays patriotic music and American flags fly.All in the service of a century old failed idea,underwritten by the tax dollars of a people yearning to be free of men like McCaffery and their antique, quaint notions of a "drug free America",which never actually existed and which will never exist as long as human nature leads man to explore his conciousness.It's as farcical as the hats the queen of England makes her guards wear!
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Comment #1 posted by i_rule_ on September 21, 2000 at 11:18:48 PT
They will not think.
This is so sickening. A nationally advertised meeting of government sponsored terrorists. They'll get together, flex their muscles, slap each other on the ass a time or two, wallow around in the Household Survey report, and never think one time about the innocent people whose lives they have either taken, or destroyed. But hey, the report says they are successful in lowering drug use in children, so it's ok to go right back out there and kill and destroy more lives. They will not think about the sick and dieing people who are not able to benefit from the herb that heals. They will not think about how the environment could be saved by converting to hemp farming instead of deforestation. Or having a cleaner burning fuel source. They will not think about medicine with a natural base with no side effects. They will not think about the evil that causes drug trafficing; prohibition. They will not think about the fact that marijuana should not even be on their list of narcotics. (We have got to get marijuana off that list. How much proof is it gonna take for them to see that the herb is not a dangerous drug? I suggest this. Everyone who agrees that pot is not dangerous but beneficial to man, start growing it in your home. Grow as much as you can, then just start giving it away. Give it to everyone you know who smokes. That will stop drug pushers sales of pot. This will keep pot smokers off the street and out of jail. I know this sounds rediculous, but we have to do something. Weed does not belong on the list of dangerous drugs.)But they will not think of any of these things. They will just gloat over their new toys of destruction and their ever increasing power to take away our personal rights. And they will not know that that beautiful little plant with the green leaves and the wonderful flowers may hold the hope of our survival.And they will not think about the little boy who was killed because of their power to raid our homes at will. They will not think, and they will not know. 
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